Isabel's Skin Hardcover – 30 Aug 2012
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'Benson's story is a spine-tingler complete with macabre twist and dastardly villain, but one shot through with musings on the beauty of our bucolic vistas.' --The Independent
'This classic gothic novel is perhaps best kept on the bed stand until the nights turn windier, colder, to be read, hot toddy to hand, by flickering candlelight.' --Regency Magazine
About the Author
Born in 1956, Peter Benson was educated in Ramsgate, Canterbury and Exeter. His first novel, The Levels, won the Guardian Fiction Prize. This was followed by A Lesser Dependency, winner of the Encore award, The Other Occupant, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Award, and three more novels: Odo's Hanging, Riptide and A Private Moon. He has also published short stories, screenplays and poetry, and his work has been adapted for TV and radio and translated into many languages. He lives in Exeter with his wife.
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At one point later on in the story, Isabel asks David if she makes his skin crawl and he replies in the negative - well, I have to be honest and say that the poor woman certainly made my skin crawl - and I do mean that literally. However, that aside, after reading the synopsis of this novel on the Amazon page, I was looking forward to reading the book and I found the initial few chapters interesting and absorbing.Read more ›
Looking at the other reviews on Amazon, I decided to buy it because it was being described as gothic book with a murder mystery at its heart. Well, its isn't. There is a murder, but there is no mystery to it. Also, once you discover the secret of the woman who is locked away, there is very little to keep you reading. The main characters are quite insipid - David the book valuer spends more time telling you about his childhood and the relationship he has with his father, than actually focusing on the present and the main story. And Isabel, the lady at the centre of the story becomes more and more irritating as the book progresses. I do not feel that she was well thought-out or developed. The final nail in the coffin is that the ending to the whole book was sorely disappointing.
This is a book which I would struggle to recommend to anyone. Once read, it is one of those books you feel you don't need to return to. Such a shame; I was expecting so much more, based on the reviews I had read.
I'm not giving a hint of what is wrong with Isobel's skin, but something is. If it didn't have it's prescient narrator, it might fold into comical chaos, but Peter Benson keeps such a firm hold on the story that you know that's never going to happen.
Isobel has fallen into the hands of a madman, an experimenter, locked into his foul designs. It seems impossible that the narrator David Morris can rescue her, but an attempt to do so is made. The writing is simply gorgeous and I loved every page of this amazing book. If you think the genre distasteful or too testing, and forgo the pleasure of this book, you will miss an absolute dazzler.
I was going to give it 4 stars but: a. I'm still thinking about it a few days after finishing it and b.he's earned the right to the benefit of the doubt for his body of work. So five stars it is! More important than whether this deserves three, four or five stars is the fact that PB deserves a wider audience. If you like this, you'll probably love "A Lesser Dependency", "Odo's Hanging" etc etc Keep those novels coming, PB ... I couldn't endure another seven-year wait similar to the gap between your early and later books!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a beautifully written book. It reads like poetry in places and has a most original plot. I thoroughly enjoyed the melancholic prose.Published 20 months ago by blabla
a strange tale from way back and an easy read i would fully recommend this for something a little different....Published on 30 May 2013 by Caitlinhappymeal
Set in Edwardian England, Isobel's Skin tells the story of David Morris and his strange encounters when he travels to Somerset to value the library of a dead aristocrat. Read morePublished on 16 April 2013 by Wynne Kelly
This book will stay with me a while,made me think.I did guess the end but enjoyed getting there.Would recommend to someone who fancies a change from the norm.Published on 21 Jan. 2013 by mrs k corby
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Isabel's Skin is probably best described as a Gothic horror but one that employs a style and featuring content that would have been anathema to... Read more
A beautifully written novel by a master of his craft. Peter Benson's evocations of place and atmosphere are superb. He is so observant and intelligent in his communication. Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2012 by Maygirl